Written on: August 7, 2018
Please consider making the call to you Senators and Representatives as soon as you can. Everything you need to know and do to make the call is below on this forwarded information from Asylee Women Enterprise (AWE). AWE is one of our co-sponsored ministries.
Reports continue to circulate that the administration is considering setting the annual Presidential Determination (PD) for Refugee Admissions for Fiscal Year 2019 at fewer than 45,000 refugees, the current FY18 PD. Some reports suggest the Administration is considering placing the goal as low as 25,000.
Dropping below 45,000, which is already the lowest refugee admissions goal in the history of the program, ignores our humanitarian commitment to resettle refugees, undermines our long history of leadership on refugee protection, and will damage our foreign policy and national security interests. Americans believe in refugee resettlement and have opened their arms and hearts to refugees throughout our history. We have the capacity, the knowledge, and the commitment to successfully resettle at least 75,000 refugees in the coming year. To do otherwise is to weaken our nation.
1. CALL YOUR SENATORS & REPRESENTATIVES: Click Here for Contact Information
Sample Script: “I’m your constituent from [CITY/TOWN], and I urge you to support the U.S. refugee resettlement program. I strongly oppose rumors that President Trump will release an all-time low cap on refugee admissions. I urge you to do everything in your power to see that the administration commit to resettling at least 75,000 refugees for fiscal year 2019. Resettlement is a core American legacy that allows refugees to rebuild their lives in safety and dignity. My community welcomes refugees and immigrants, and I urge you to do the same.”
2. You can tweet at your Senators & Representatives, the President @realDonaldTrump, Vice President Mike Pence @VP, and Secretary of State Pompeo @SecPompeo
@[SENATOR/REPRESENTATIVE] Tell the White House to welcome at least 75,000 #refugees in fiscal year 2019 #Welcome75k #RefugeesWelcome #WhereRtheRefugees?
@[SENATOR/REPRESENTATIVE/Pres/VP/Pompeo] [YOUR CITY / STATE] is ready to welcome! #Welcome75k #RefugeesWelcome #WhereRtheRefugees?
3. Join Refugee Council USA’s August Month of Advocacy! Check out some ways to advocate to protect the resettlement program and ensure the U.S. welcomes at least 75,000 refuges in fiscal year 2019. Your voice matters! Download or view the suggested actions here (18 pages): Refugee Council USA August Toolkit